Views of parents and pupils sought over new school uniform guidance

The guidance is being developed with the aim of reducing costs for families, as well as ensuring that pupils are comfortable.

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New national guidance aims to help reduce costs for families and to ensure that pupils are comfortable.

Pupils, parents and carers in Scotland are to be asked for their views on new school uniform guidance.

A consultation is being launched by the Scottish Government in its considerations for developing the guidance.

Schools, families, education authorities and uniform suppliers will also be asked to contribute to the consultation.

The guidance is being developed with the aim of reducing costs for families, as well as ensuring that pupils are comfortable.

Education secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville said it is “essential” that the views of children and young people are heard as part of the consultation.

“School uniform can promote a sense of identity, belonging and connectedness to school,” she said.

“However, the cost can be a significant burden for families, although there is no legal requirement to wear uniform.

“We have increased the school clothing grant to help families who need it most.

“Now we intend to go further by bringing forward national guidance aimed at reducing uniform costs.

“This could mean increasing the use of generic items of uniform.

“I would encourage anyone with an interest to have their say on how this guidance should look.

“It is essential that the views of children and young people are heard as part of this consultation.”

The consultation opened on May 19 and will close on October 14.